You can never get bored of London.
London is a city within a city, within a city. Every corner has its own charm and every little street has a façade of what real history means. The red blocks of the 18th century architecture rules the vibes of the city with the constant reminder that once upon a time, people fought here from their freedom. A reminder of tales and enchanted stories that all started right here.
London is charming and when you get to know the little towns within the city, you realize that it is almost like a different chapter of a book.
On this trip, I got to learn more about Knightsbridge, the history and the neighbors.
I stayed at The Park Tower Knightsbridge, part of The Luxury Collection, a little walk to the tube station, a stone throw away from all the little gems in the city especially the shopping district where Harvey Nichols is at its doorstep and with exceptional kind and generous service from the staff. The hotel has breathtaking views of the city of London where I can see Hyde Park on my left, Big Big Ben and The London Eye right in front of me and on the left was the city from my 2 bedroom penthouse suite, possibly the largest in town, with a remarkable marble bathroom with a en suite bathtub facing the vibrant city! Being enrolled with the SPG loyalty program, I was entitled to complimentary upgrades amongst many other benefits. You can enroll here: https://www.spgpromos.com/stayconnected/
A walk in Hyde Park with Miguel, the head concierge at The Park Tower Knightsbridge, and you will have your mind blown away by all the history lessons you wish you never missed in class. Miguel spoke of how Knightsbridge became alive before being an island on its own, away from the city. I was told on the two knights with heavy armor that drowned fighting on the bridge that makes up today how Knightsbridge got its name.
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Address: 101 Knightsbridge, London | England, SW1X 7RN | United Kingdom | Phone: (44) 207 235 8050
STAYING AT THE PARK TOWER
One early morning, while having eggs for breakfast right across the corner, I met a lady walking her dog and she explained to me how everyone supports each other in this neighborhood. I started to understand then how The Park Tower Knightsbridge was also contributing to this by supporting candle legend Rachel Vosper. Inside my (two bedroom penthouse) Suite, I had candles from Rachel Vosper and around the hotel, her candle scent burns. My wonderful butler had left me every morning chocolates from Rococo and ofcourse, a Harvey Nichols bag from Mona with all their wonderful gift items from….
Thanks to Miguel and his team, and the wonderful team at the hotel, I got to learn more about Knightsbridge and discovered little gems this town has to offer and facts such as; Before the transport systems were introduced in the 19th Century, Knightsbridge was renowned as a haunt for highwaymen, robbers and cut-throats, who targeted travellers on the western route out of London!
VISIT ROCOCO CHOCOLATIER
…and meet the beautiful Chantal, the founder who started this in 1983 as a passion for arts and creativity and discovered her love for making chocolate. Today, she is the first who invented sea salt chocolates after a trip one day to the beach with her kids! Make sure you meet her and let her take you on a chocolate journey and join one of her chocolate meditation sessions!
MEET RACHEL VOSPER
The legendary candle maker in Knightsbridge who turned her passion into a career while working at her day job. Today, Rachel is one of the best candle maker in London and hosts workshops on candle making and even get to test your sense of smell by having a go at her collection. You can also get your own palette and have it filled with the scent of your choice!
I also learned few tricks on candle making, dealing with the wax and melting it first, picking the best container, understood the difference between the numbers of wick. Rachel Vosper also taught me on the different scents and fragrances their is to candle making. Highly recommended if you are a candle lover and super interesting and fun!
VISIT DUKE OF YORK SQUARE
A Square with shops such as Zara, COS, Micheal Korrs, All Saints and so much more. The square also has great outdoor restaurants to chose from and on Saturdays, they host a food market by Saatchi Gallery. Just off the Kings Road very near to Sloane square tube station with nice shops, bars and restaurants.
HARVEY NICHOLS SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
Spend the day at the luxury British department store chain with a flagship store in Knightsbridge in London with the fun experts at Harvey Nichols. You can experience, with compliments of Harvey Nichols, consultation, personal stylist and your own private space and then have lunch on the 5th floor on the rooftop and enjoy the greatest cuisine offered with a choice to sit indoors or outdoors! Today, Harvey Nichols has seven stores within the UK and Ireland and the current Knightsbridge store was opened in 1880, with the rear extension added in 1932.
RICHARD WARD SALON
You can wait for your appointment in the bar with a glass of wine! That is something every salon should have! Located in Duke of York Square and known for Princess Kate’s favorite hairdresser!
|82 Duke of York Square
|Opening hours:||Open 9am-7pm Mon, Tue; Thur-Sat; 9am-8pm Wed|
BREAKFAST AT THE FINE CHEESE & CO.
A hidden gem for cheese lovers (Possibly the best in Knightsbridge) and the friendliest staff! Make sure you order eggs and almond croissant for desert!! This little photogenic and delicious cafe serves one of the best food in Knightsbridge. After breakfast, you will be dreaming of coming back for more the next day! I guarantee!
A WALK TO HYDE PARK
Minutes from Park Tower Knightsbridge, walk 4 minutes into Hyde Park and another 6 minutes into Serpentine Restaurants by the Lake that once was a bridge many centuries ago. You can spend your whole morning or afternoon at the park making friends with the ducks or squirrels and even watch people walk you by. It is the largest of four Royal Parks. It is also a great place for a morning run or an evening walk. t is also located near other tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace and the Wellington Arch.
IN ROOM MASSAGE
Sore feet from all the walking? The Park Tower Knightsbridge have in-room massage services by Viva Therapies and then enjoy a good book with room service to relax and enjoy the rest of your day!
Ask concierge to book your earliest appointment.
VISIT ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Just walking distance from The Park Tower Knightsbridge. One of the most magical experiences if you love theatre! Over 350 performances are conducted at RAH every year. It can currently seat 5,400 people and was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871.
I had a chance thanks to The Park Tower Knightsbridge to watch Harry Potter the orchestra and it brought back the sweetest memories.
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